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Basford United 3 Carlton Town 0

By Jonny Drake

Basford United defeated Carlton Town FC 3-0 to win the Nottingham FA Senior Cup for the second successive season.

Neither side found the breakthrough in the first half which left it all to play for in the second half. James Reid put Basford in front with a penalty. Nat Watson doubled his side’s lead with a comfortable finish followed by Zak Goodson who scored Basford’s third of the final.

Last season's winners, Basford, won their fourth Nottingham FA Senior Cup since the turn of the millennium. Liam Hearn’s side earned their place in the final having beaten Hucknall Town FC 4-1 at Watnall Road. Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Team of the Season striker, Watson, started for United. 18-year-old prospect Zak Goodson started on the bench.

Evo-Stik East Division relegation fighters Carlton beat Kimberly Miners Welfare 2-1 to place themselves in the final.

Carlton struck with the first clear chance of the game as Ben Hutchinson drove a long range free kick wide which failed to trouble Kieran Preston.

Basford’s first shot of the game came when Liam Bateman cut inside off the right wing as his curling left foot effort was comfortably gathered by Jack Steggles.

Hearn’s side found themselves in behind the Carlton defence however were unlucky to capitalise on the opportunity. Just under 30 minutes into the first half Corey Grantham beat his marker for pace and guided a cross to the back post however Watson shot wide.

Tyler Blake was close to breaking the deadlock and putting Carlton in front after producing an acrobatic bicycle kick which thundered against the bar. Preston dealt with the rebound well and prevented any further danger.

Basford launched out the blocks in search of a goal. Bateman won United a penalty after Keiran Walker brought the ex-Aston Villa man down. Reid stepped up and slotted his penalty into the top left corner.

Watson doubled United’s lead. Bateman delivered the ball across the face of Carlton’s goal which left club top-scorer, Watson, to tap the ball past a helpless Steggles.

Goodson sealed United’s fourth Nottingham FA Senior Cup in five years with a last-minute goal. Matt Thornhill played a delightful through ball for Goodson to run onto who then placed the ball for the third of the game.

Line-ups: Kieran Preston, Liam Bateman, Lewis Carr, Stephan Galinski, Ryan Wilson, Brad Gascoigne, James Reid (69’ Zak Goodson), Matt Thornhill ©, Jack Thomas (80’ Jerry Nash), Corey Grantham, Nat Watson (90’ Fernando Bell-Toxtle)

Updated 18:54 - 22 Apr 2019 by Neil McGowan

Where next?

Basford go to South Shields, Community home to Ravenshead Saturday Basford United travel to South Shields on Saturday and Community play Ravenshead at Greenwich Avenue (both 3pm kick off).
Weekly Round Up 6-7 April: Good wins for Community and Under 13s Only three games to report on this week, but those saw good wins for the Basford Community teams involved.

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